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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

24 Dec 15
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It’s Christmas Eve and celebrations have begun for our family.

During this time of celebration and busyness, don’t forget to look after yourself. I know that, for our family at least, it is definitely a very busy few days and so over the last few years I’ve had to learn a few ways to manage this.

Don’t forget to pace yourself. For me, this means no more than one or two social events each day (if 2, then one has to be a very low energy event) but even this is much more than I normally do so I’ve decided that I’m going to take a break from here until the new year.

2015 in review

Over the last year I haven’t done as much posting as I have in previous years, it has been the year ofย Enough. This has meant focusing on getting life more balanced and accepting what I have and what I can do, not what I don’t have and can’t do.

The top 3 most popular posts this year have been:

Two of these were written in previous years but are still quite popular today.

During the last year I have begun working again (even if only a small amount each week) and it’s been nice to be bringing in some income of my own. I’ve also been working with my husband and close friends to get the Foggy Frog picture book finalised (we should be ready to publish early in the new year).

I haven’t yet taken the time to sit down and reflect properly on everything that has been achieved this year or what I’m hoping to achieve in the new year and that is another reason why I’m planning to take the next week off. When I get back I will hopefully be able to outline better what it is I’m hoping to achieve in the next 12 months.

In regards to our 20 week no buy challenge, I don’t believe I’ll have any troubles with temptation as I’ll be focusing on my health and socialising for the next week or so but I’ll report on weeks 4 and 5 in the new year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I hope you all manage to find at least something small to be grateful for and to bring joy to you holidays.

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  1. Margaret O’Neal December 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Hello Megan,
    You’re the first person with fibromyalgia with whom I identify, so I enjoy reading your blog. I have had severe fibro for at least ten years and have been bi-polar since my teens. I taught special education middle school and high school until the combination became too much to handle.
    I have left every fibro support group I have joined because the “woe unto me” pervasive attitude. The final straw was when I had trained very carefully for a 5k last August and placed in the top third of the 40-49 age group, which had roughly two hundred people. I consider it a milestone in my journey to keep my life with small achievements. The fibro community was so mad at me, I won’t have anything to do with them anymore. I may never walk another 5k, but I can say fibro did not stop me from achieving that goal.
    I’ve always tried to keep going no matter how exhausted, brain fogged, or hurting I am. You are the first person who I have listened to about pacing myself, and it has made sense. It may be your hat and cool haircut, you never know, but you don’t whine or pity party. You look for workable solutions. I am glad I have found your blog.

    Thank you,
    Margaret O’Neal

    • Megan S December 25, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Hi Margaret, congratulations on achieving your goal! I’m surprised you’ve had such negative responses from the fibro community. I know there are people like that out there but I’ve also found quite a few like us as well. Check out Julie at as another possible blog you’d enjoy.

      Thank you for reading my blog and merry Christmas.


  2. Trisha December 25, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Merry Christmas, Megan!

    • Megan S December 25, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Merry Christmas Trisha! Hopefully we can chat more next year than we have this year ๐Ÿ˜Š

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